Last updated: 13 September 2008

This page is for user comments and information specific to the Meade ETX-105 model. Comments on accessories and feedback items appropriate to other ETX models are posted on other pages. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or answers to questions posed here, e-mail them to me and I'll post them. Please use an appropriate Subject Line on your message. Thanks.

Subject:	Re: ETX-105EC
Sent:	Wednesday, September 10, 2008 11:18:59
From:	John Herman (
Thank you for your rely. Yes I had read this information from your
websit for calibrating. I read your article on the ETX 105 and followed
up with Oracle photos shown using this unit. My concerns are more with
gearing and motor problems as there is no one to repair this type of
unit. Bye the way, I am located in Saskatoon Sask Canada and there is no
dealers of any kind here for any accesaries so thank God for Ebay. It
seemed like you had problems in the setup of AutoStar and this is
something I hadn't even checked out, so I will see if the program has
kept my location in the memory as this would explain some of the problms
I've had, but I reaaly like this scope when compared with ETX 90 I
replaced. So thanks again.
Best regards,
John Herman 
Mike here: I recommend using City Name (or actual Lat/Long/TimeZone) for the Site info. Other than that, all should be well.
Subject:	ETX-105EC
Sent:	Tuesday, September 9, 2008 08:13:39
From:	John Herman (
Mike, it's John here and I see that you to own an ETX 105. I would like
your comments on this model as I see so many negative comments on this
model. I purchased mine used as there is no dealer for telescopes within
300 miles of my location in Canada. I am quite happy with mine but have
had some problems with alignment and thanks to your site I have done
alignment on terrestial objects but from time to time it likes to do its
own thing. The concerns, and why I am troubling you with this question
is that so many users complain about the drives and gearing problems,
and alignment using the two star system  in the Autostar system.

I thought this model was constructed the same as the ETX 90 and 125
but see it is not. I would really appreciate your comments and
suggestions pertaining to this model. I really like the images I am
getting with my scope but before I purchase accessaries and find this
scope breaks down I may have to reconsider my purchase, I am concerned.

Also, as so many people have said, thank you for your site. It is the
most detailed and well laid out site for information on all aspects of
Astronomy that I have ever found.

Best regards,
Mike here: You can read my comments about my ETX-105PE on the Helpful Information: Buyer/New User Tips page. As to aligning difficulties, have you done a CALIBRATE MOTOR and TRAIN DRIVES (on both axes)?

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